Snippets from the interweb (15th March 2020)

Is the rapture a biblical doctrine? (video)

I’m not on board with everything Bill Craig teaches but, on this one, he is spot on.

How were people saved in the Old Testament? (video)

Peter Gentry offers a clear answer.

8 things the coronavirus is teaching us

In the face of a disaster, there are some lessons worth learning. Here are 8 that we can learn from the coronavirus pandemic. 

Running toward the plague

On a similar note, I thought this was a good one: ‘Rather than, on the one hand, panic buying loo rolls and pasta, or on the other, unconcerned indifference, we need to be people who “run towards the plague”.’

10 church members who drive me crazy

Every church has members that will drive us mad. But we don’t have a ‘get out of loving annoying people’ caveat in Jesus’ commands. We need to love people properly, whether they get under our skin or not.

Stott v Gumbel: Should we really “duck” the difficult things in the Bible?

John Stevens compares two philosophies of ministry and notes some problems in ducking the hard bits of the Bible. Instead, he argues: ‘Only if we tackle these complex and difficult subjects with honesty and integrity will we produce mature believers who are resilient to the onslaughts of Satan and a secular world.’

From the archive: If every past version of you is an idiot, there is an inescapable conclusion about the current you

‘If you consider your past self an idiot today, and your future self will consider you an idiot tomorrow, we are led to one inescapable conclusion: we are all idiots. You may not realise your idiocy today, but you will see it as clear as day in a few years time. Some of you may be kicking against this fact. Let me ask you this: if you see later on that you were – in point of fact – an idiot today, which version of yourself is correct? The one assessing it at this precise moment or the one assessing things from the vantage point of hindsight along with everything you know now and the addition of a few more years of experience? In fact, the biggest idiot of them all is the one that refuses to acknowledge their past idiocy and, even less, join the dots to their current standing as one. From one idiot to another, take it from me: we’re all idiots. You may wonder why I bother to bring this up…’